CPSC Recall: Haier, Black & Decker Chest Freezers Pose Fire Hazards

11/02/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

New York, NY—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Haier America Trading LLC voluntarily recalled about 67,500 chest freezers over a fire hazard the product poses. The CPSC announced the recall on November 2, 2010.

The recall was initiated after discovering that the capacitor in the freezer’s circuitry can overheat, which can pose a fire hazard.

The CPSC reported, “This recall involves the Black & Decker® Model BFE53 and Haier® Model ESNCM053E 5.3 cubic foot capacity white chest freezers. “Black & Decker” is printed at the front upper-right corner or “Haier” is printed on the front upper-left corner of the freezer. “Black & Decker” or “Haier,” the model number, the unit’s serial number and other information are printed on a rating label at the top center of the back of the freezer. Only Model BFE53 and Model ESNCM053E freezers with serial numbers beginning as follows are included in this recall: 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004, 1005, 1006, 1007.”

The Black & Decker Model BFE53 was sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores across the U.S. from January 2010 through September 2010. The Black & Decker Models were sold for about $150. The Haier Model ESNCM053E was sold through Amazon.com and other retailers from May 2010 through October 2010. The Haier model sold for between $220 and $290.

Consumers are advised to schedule an appointment with Haier to receive a free repair.

For more information concerning the recall, consumers can contact Haier toll-free at (877) 878-7579 between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Saturdays and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Sundays or visit their website at www.chestfreezerrecall.com.

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